Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Gardening 101

The first rule of gardening (that I've learned this year) is don't let your husband retire and go to Florida with you for 4.5 months (just kidding sweetie). In the 3 years that I've been going down to Florida with my Dad, since Mom died, my hubby stayed here in NY because he was working. He took care of the spring gardening and the pulling of all the weeds. Since we had such a mild winter in NY this year and hubby was in Florida with us the weeds decided to have a grand ol'e time while we were gone and grew everywhere!

All the tall green stuff with the little white flowers on the top are weeds! There is like a kazillion of them all over the yard.

So what is a person to do... Start picking weeds ~ YUCK! I picked for 4 hours straight and got 99% of them. Don't get me wrong, there are still alot out there but I'm not picking them all either. Since we live in the woods I'm not picking them in the far back behind my garden. I'm just going to let nature do its thing. Now comes the really hard part... Getting on my hands and knees and picking the small, annoying weeds that are around my plants, etc. (like all the stuff growing in front of the bird bath).

Then it will be repairing or replacing birdhouses that mysteriously disappeared over the winter.

This weekend we have to cut down yet another fallen tree. This little tree didn't quite make it all the way down to the ground. It's being supported by a bird house and large vines.

Remind me again why I like gardening?????

And last but not least.... Let me tell you about the most excellent job my lawn mowing company has done while we were gone ~ NOT!

What's the old saying? Give them an inch and they take a mile? I can guarantee that the owner of the company wasn't happy with my e-mail!

OK friends, time to get out back and start pulling more weeds. Who knows when I'll even get around to the front yard!



  1. There were no dachshunds there to snoopervise the cutting.. so they thought they would slack off.

    Seriously, I would have been not pleased :(

    Looks like a lot of work, but lucky for you there is a dachshund to help. By help I mean, watch with a disapproving eye and nap in the sun.

    Shelle, Milo and Dixie

  2. Oh Dear Me! Fire the lawn care company and get a goat or two...Problem solved! Lily, you're going to get lost out there and they won't find you for days! Best of luck with the weeding project!

  3. Definitely not a good year to get a late start on the weeds. With 5 acres to maintain we use chemical warfare (Round-up) to take care of all those little weeds. There is no way we could weed all our plantings by hand. It looks like once you get it under control that you have a lovely yard. I can't wait to see it all neat and clean.


  4. Wow! Looks like you have your work cut out for you. I'm sure it will be beautiful in no time. Happy weeding.

  5. That's a lot of weeds! BOo to your lawn people :(. I hope your back doesn't hurt too bad after all that weeding!


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